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Mar 17, 2017 - From wire reports

New Wyoming bishop named

CHEYENNE (AP) -- Roman Catholics in Wyoming have a new bishop.

Pope Francis announced Thursday the appointment of The Most Reverend Steven Biegler as the ninth bishop of Cheyenne.

According to a news release, Biegler will take over the Diocese of Cheyenne on June 5.

The 57-year-old Biegler is currently pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as the vicar general for the Diocese of Rapid City.

Biegler is originally from Mobridge, South Dakota.

The Cheyenne Diocese has been without a bishop since last November.

Established in 1887, the Diocese of Cheyenne has over 54,000 Catholics, 37 parishes and 35 missions.

Lots melting as temps rise

(AP) -- The National Weather Service says rapid snowmelt below 7,500 feet is possible across western and southwest Wyoming because of warm temperatures.

As a result, minor flooding could occur along creeks and streams and low-lying ranchland, especially on Saturday when the warmest temperatures of the week are expected.

Snowmelt and ice jams have been causing some flooding this week, especially near the confluence of the Hams Fork and Blacks Fork Rivers near the town of Granger in western Sweetwater County.

In addition, fire weather conditions will be elevated on Saturday in southeast Fremont, Natrona, and southern Johnson counties.

More choosing ACA health plans

CASPER (AP) -- More Wyoming residents are selecting health insurance plans from the Affordable Care Act marketplace even as lawmakers consider repealing the act.

Data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released Wednesday shows that nearly 25,000 Wyoming residents purchased health plans from the marketplace, a 4 percent increase from last year.

The increased number comes as Congress considers legislation to overhaul President Barack Obama's health care law, including aspects of the insurance exchange.

UW wants fee plan comment

LARAMIE (AP) -- The University of Wyoming is accepting public comment until March 20 on a proposal to institute cost-based student fees for academic programs.

The proposal offers direct help to UW students through enhanced advising, career preparation, assurance of course availability and other student services.

Crafted by a subcommittee appointed by President Laurie Nichols, the proposal was discussed with UW students during a series of town hall sessions on campus last fall.

Following the public comment period and potential revision, a program fees proposal is scheduled to be presented to the UW Board of Trustees at its March 22-24 meeting.

Under the proposal, student fees would be assessed above the standard tuition rate.

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